Why Study the Holocaust?

  • John K. Roth


Before losing her life to cancer in 1985, Charlotte Delbo wrote that she knew “the difference between before and after.”1 More than forty years earlier, on January 24, 1943, she had been deported from her native France to Auschwitz, the concentration and death camp where more than a million people were gassed to death during the Holocaust. Of the 230 women in her convoy, most of them—like Delbo herself—non-Jews who had worked in the French Resistance, she was one of only 49 who survived.2 For Delbo, after irrevocably referred to Auschwitz. Its reality, she emphasized, was “so deeply etched in my memory that I cannot forget one moment of it.”3


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